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Henry V

by William Shakespeare Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Henry V is a history play by William Shakespeare, believed to be written in 1599. It is based on the life of King Henry V of England, and focuses on events immediately before and after the Battle of Agincourt...


The Phantom of the Opera

by Gaston Leroux Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The story of a man named Erik, an eccentric, physically deformed genius who terrorizes the Opera Garnier in Paris. He builds his home beneath it and takes the love of his life, a beautiful soprano, under his...


Much Ado About Nothing

by William Shakespeare Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Much Ado About Nothing is a romantic comedy by William Shakespeare set in Messina, Sicily about a pair of lovers named Claudio and Hero due to be married in a week. To pass the time before their wedding day...


As You Like It

by William Shakespeare Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

As You Like It is a pastoral comedy by William Shakespeare based on the novel Rosalynde by Thomas Lodge, believed to have been written in 1599 or early 1600. It features one of Shakespeare's most famous and...


The Taming of the Shrew

by William Shakespeare Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The Taming of the Shrew is perhaps one of Shakespeare's most controversial plays by modern standards. Hinging on the courtship between the arrogant Petruchio and the "shrew" of the title Katherina, it is unclear...


The Comedy of Errors

by William Shakespeare Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The Comedy of Errors tells the story of two sets of identical twins. Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant, Dromio of Syracuse, arrive in Ephesus, which turns out to be the home of their twin brothers, Antipholus...


Romeo and Juliet

by William Shakespeare Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Romeo and Juliet is a tragic play written early in the career of William Shakespeare about two teenage "star-cross'd lovers" whose untimely deaths ultimately unite their feuding households. It was among Shakespeare's...


The Merchant of Venice

by William Shakespeare Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The Merchant of Venice is a play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1596 and 1598. Although classified as a comedy in the First Folio, and while it shares certain aspects with Shakespeare's...


Julius Caesar

by William Shakespeare Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Julius Caesar is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in 1599. It portrays the conspiracy against the Roman dictator of the same name, his assassination and its aftermath. It is one...


All's Well That Ends Well

by William Shakespeare Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

All's Well That Ends Well is a play by William Shakespeare, originally classified as a comedy, though now often counted as one of his problem plays, so-called because they cannot be easily classified as tragedy...


Macbeth

by William Shakespeare Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Macbeth is among the best-known of William Shakespeare's plays, and is his shortest tragedy, believed to have been written between 1603 and 1606. It is frequently performed at both amateur and professional levels,...


The Tempest

by William Shakespeare Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The Tempest is a comedy written by William Shakespeare. It is generally dated to 1610-11 and accepted as the last play written solely by him, although some scholars have argued for an earlier dating. While listed...


Pericles, Prince of Tyre

by William Shakespeare Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Perhaps one of Shakespeare's most adventure-filled plays, ""Pericles"" follows the extended sailing journeys of a young prince. Pericles is forced to flee Antioch when he correctly guesses a riddle that reveals...


Cymbeline

by William Shakespeare Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Cymbeline is a play by William Shakespeare, based on an early Celtic British King. Although listed as a tragedy in the First Folio, modern critics often classify it as a romance. Like Othello, Measure for Measure,...


Troilus and Cressida

by William Shakespeare Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Troilus and Cressida is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in 1602. The play (also described as one of Shakespeare's problem plays) is not a conventional tragedy, since its protagonist...


King Lear

by William Shakespeare Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

King Lear is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1603 and 1606, and is considered one of his greatest works. The play is based on the legend of King Leir of Britain. It has...


Coriolanus

by William Shakespeare Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Coriolanus is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, based on the life of the legendary Roman leader, Gaius Martius Coriolanus.


Timon of Athens

by William Shakespeare Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The Life of Timon of Athens is a play by William Shakespeare about the legendary Athenian misanthrope Timon (and probably influenced by the eponymous philosopher, as well), generally regarded as one of his most...


Twelfth Night

by William Shakespeare Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Twelfth Night, Or What You Will is a comedy by William Shakespeare, based on the short story "Of Apolonius and Silla" by Barnabe Rich. It is named after the Twelfth Night holiday of the Christmas season. It...


The Two Gentlemen of Verona

by William Shakespeare Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The Two Gentlemen of Verona is a comedy by William Shakespeare from early in his career. It has the smallest cast of any of Shakespeare's plays, and is the first of his plays in which a heroine dresses as a...


The Merry Wives of Windsor

by William Shakespeare Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The Merry Wives of Windsor is a comedy by William Shakespeare, first published in 1602, though believed to have been written prior to 1597. It features the fat knight Sir John Falstaff, and is Shakespeare's...


Hamlet

by William Shakespeare Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Hamlet is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1599 and 1601. The play, set in Denmark, recounts how Prince Hamlet exacts revenge on his uncle Claudius, who has murdered Hamlet's...


Othello

by William Shakespeare Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Othello, The Moor of Venice is a tragedy by William Shakespeare based on the short story "Moor of Venice" by Cinthio, believed to have been written in approximately 1603. The work revolves around four central...


Love's Labours Lost

by William Shakespeare Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Love's Labour's Lost is one of William Shakespeare's early comedies, believed to have been written in the mid-1590s, and first published in 1598.

The play opens with the King of Navarre and three noble companions,...


Pygmalion

by George Bernard Shaw Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The story of Henry Higgins, a professor of phonetics who makes a bet with his friend Colonel Pickering that he can successfully pass off a Cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, as a refined society lady by teaching...


Caesar and Cleopatra

by George Bernard Shaw Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Set in Egypt, Caesar and Cleopatra, is a drama in which the 50-year-old Roman general meets the childish young Queen and exerts a fatherly influence on her.


Measure for Measure

by William Shakespeare Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Measure for Measure is a play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in 1603 or 1604. It was originally classified as a comedy, but is now also classified as one of Shakespeare's problem plays....


The Song of the Lark

by Willa Cather Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

"The time will come when she will be ranked above Hemingway." --Leon Edel In this powerful portrait of the self-making of an artist, Willa Cather created one of her most extraordinary heroines. Thea Kronborg,...


Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm

by Kate Douglas Wiggin Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm is a classic American 1903 children's novel by Kate Douglas Wiggin that tells the story of Rebecca Rowena Randall and her two stern aunts in the village of Riverboro, Maine. Rebecca's...


Antony and Cleopatra

by William Shakespeare Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

CLASSIC FICTION (PRE C 1945). Hugely ambitious in its historical focus and vast geographical scope, Antony and Cleopatra is one of Shakespeare's most astonishing tragedies. The drama centres on the relationships...


Nona Vincent

by Henry James Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

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Priya's Mirror

by Paromita Vohra & Ram Devineni Open BookShelf (January 30, 2018)

The second chapter of Priya's Shakti. Priya joins forces with a group of acid attack survivors as they fight against the demon-king, Ahankar, and his tyrannical hold on them.


Porcelain and Pink

by Francis Scott Fitzgerald Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

First published in the "Smart Set", and first published in book form in Tales of the Jazz Age in 1922.

"And do you write for any other magazines?" inquired the young lady.

"Oh, yes," I assured her. "I've had some...


A Midsummer Night's Dream

by William Shakespeare Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

A Midsummer Night's Dream is a romantic comedy by William Shakespeare, suggested by "The Knight's Tale" from Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, written around 1594 to 1596. It portrays the adventures of...


The Winter's Tale

by William Shakespeare Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

After a nine month visit by Polixenes, King of Bohemia to his childhood friend, Leontes, King of Sicilia, Polixenes, yearns to return to his own kingdom and see his son. Suddenly Leontes is consumed by jealousy...


R.U.R.

by Karel Capek Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots) is a science fiction play in the Czech language by Karel ?apek. It premiered in 1921 and is famous for having introduced and popularized the term robot.


What's Bred in the Bone

by Grant Allen Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

This was the top-prize-winning novel from 20,000 entries in one of the richest literary awards ever offered in Britain. Its convoluted and colorful plot turns on questions of heredity and atavism: the ancestry...


Stephen Jeffreys: Plays (NHB Modern Plays)

by Stephen Jeffreys Nick Hern Books (July 27, 2018)

A selection of the best work of Stephen Jeffreys, whose career stretches from an award-winning play at the National Student Drama Festival in 1977 through to an adaptation of The Alchemist for the RSC in 2016....


CLASS (NHB Modern Plays)

by Iseult Golden & David Horan Nick Hern Books (July 27, 2018)

Brian and Donna’s son is nine years old and he’s struggling. That’s what his teacher says. Says he should see a psychologist. But Brian and Donna – recently separated – never liked school, never liked...


Blackthorn (NHB Modern Plays)

by Charley Miles Nick Hern Books (August 06, 2018)

The only two children born in a North Yorkshire village for a generation cannot imagine ever being apart, but as their lives shift, so too do the ties that bind them.

Charley Miles’ outstanding debut play Blackthorn...


Drip Feed & The Half Of It (NHB Modern Plays)

by Karen Cogan Nick Hern Books (August 06, 2018)

Two rich and startling monologues from award-winning actor and playwright Karen Cogan.

Cork, 1998. An obsessive odyssey through the city. Dancing on tables, 3 a.m. breakfast rolls and waking up, polluted, on...


How to Spot an Alien (NHB Modern Plays)

by Georgia Christou Nick Hern Books (August 06, 2018)

Contains: one confused alien, two brave kids and a busted spaceship.

What do you do if you think your aunt is an alien? Twelve-year-old Jelly and her brother, Jonjo, have their suspicions. She won’t let them...


The Political History of Smack and Crack (NHB Modern Plays)

by Ed Edwards Nick Hern Books (August 06, 2018)

Crackling with anger, humour and authenticity, Ed Edwards’ play The Political History of Smack and Crack chronicles the fallout for communities crushed by the heroin epidemic at the height of Thatcherism.

Shot...


The Prisoner (NHB Modern Plays)

by Peter Brook & Marie-Hélène Estienne Nick Hern Books (August 06, 2018)

Somewhere in the world, a man sits alone outside a prison. Who is he, and why is he there? Is it a choice, or a punishment?

With The Prisoner, the internationally renowned theatre director Peter Brook and his...


The Honour of the Knights (First Edition) (The Battle for the Solar System)

by Stephen J Sweeney Open BookShelf (January 30, 2018)

The words of a dying man, the theft of a legendary battleship, and the threats posed by the Mitikas Empire's civil war were but a few of the concerns that plagued Simon Dodds' mind upon his return to naval service....


Kipps

by H. G. Wells Standard Ebooks (July 27, 2018)

Kipps is the story of Arthur “Artie” Kipps, an illegitimate orphan raised by his aunt and uncle on the southern coast of England in the town of New Romney. Kipps falls in love with neighbor friend Ann Pornick...


The Grand Babylon Hotel

by Arnold Bennett Standard Ebooks (July 27, 2018)

When Theodore Racksole—one of the richest men in America, and consequently the world—sits down in London’s Grand Babylon Hotel and orders a beefsteak and a bottle of beer, he isn’t aware that he’s...


Left Coast Karma

by Jonathan Vaught Open BookShelf (January 30, 2018)

I ended up back by the bar, but Kevin and his friends were gone—vanished into a crowd of painfully cool Karma drones. I was about to go track him down when someone spoke at my elbow.

“It’s all fake, you...


Wuthering Heights

by Emily Brontë Standard Ebooks (July 27, 2018)

Wuthering Heights is Emily Brontë's only novel. It was first published in 1847 under the pseudonym Ellis Bell, and a posthumous second edition was edited by her sister Charlotte. The name of the novel comes...


The Woodlanders

by Thomas Hardy Standard Ebooks (July 27, 2018)

Grace Melbury, daughter of a rich local wood-trader, has been raised beyond her family through years of expensive education. Coming home, she finds herself pulled between her love for her childhood friend Giles...